Links I love

I hope this weekend finds you well. After turning in my book yesterday and putting a new podcast out into the world, I am ready for some serious relaxation—plus some reading that doesn’t involve research!

My favorite finds from around the web:

Our top 5 literary party games. “You might want to gather some of your most well-read friends together to try out one of these literary party games.”

The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes. My friend says this book is great, but she can only read a few pages at a time because it makes her so mad. Reading this excerpt? I get it.

• Warmer weather means it’s time to start making smoothies again! This blender has faithfully served our smoothie-blending needs for years.

12 rules for the bookish life. “Readymade lists of ‘Great Texts’ are guides for the wise, and absolutes for fools.”

How walking fosters creativity. “Going for a walk, contemporary research confirms—a mundane activity far too easily taken for granted—may be one of the most salutary means of achieving states of enlightenment, literary, philosophical, or otherwise, whether we roam through ancient forests, over the Alps, or to the corner store.”

My new podcast:

Yesterday we launched a new bookish podcast: One Great Book! I often have a podcast on while I tackle weekend travel and chores and I hope you’ll add our new show to your listening lineup.

Subscribe to One Great Book in all of the podcast apps, including: iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google, and Overcast (my favorite). Or listen right here on the site. (That’s also where we have transcripts, hurray!)

Favorite Instagram:

Ah, the writing life. I really do love it but sometimes it’s a lot. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)

On the blog:

One year ago: Books that are better together: 16 favorite novels for book clubs. “I’m sharing eight flights (that’s sixteen books) that match popular book club novels for an enhanced reading experience.” 

Two years ago: My favorite personality books. “I’m not focusing on the highly technical or scientific stuff here, but the accessible, eye-opening, and life-changing books (not exaggerating here) that have also given me genuinely enjoyable reading experiences.”

Three years ago: Tulips and learning to play the long game. “But there’s one small problem: to enjoy tulips in the spring, you must plant them in the fall. And this is something I can never, ever remember at planting time.”

Four years ago: The Fab Four habits for a better life. “I know clutter is a major trigger for me, yet I struggle to give it the attention it deserves.”

Five years ago: 37 fun, useful, and generally worthwhile gifts for your kids’ Easter baskets. “I try to get my kids a good mix of essentials (spring/summer shoes, books, socks), seasonal items (garden gear, seeds, sidewalk chalk), and impractical fun (glow sticks).”

On the podcast:

One year ago: Episode 126: Books that appeal to your head and your heart

Two years ago: Episode 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions

Three years ago: Episode 13: Memoir, creativity, talent and more memoir

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Susan Krzywicki says:

    Loved the link to the article about women’s issues in health and safety. Not so in love with the “• 12 rules for the bookish life. “Readymade lists of ‘Great Texts’ are guides for the wise, and absolutes for fools.”.” I clicked in spite of the word “rules” – I should have known better. Way too testosterone-ish, especially after reading the first article. Something about it just came across as mansplaining.

  2. Kay says:

    I look forward to these posts each weekend. I will be getting hold of the Gretchen Rubin book, Better Than Before. I enjoyed reading all the comments afterwards on the blog post too. x

  3. Congratulations on the launch of One Great Book! I’m subscribed, really looking forward to listening and seeing where it takes you 😍 and those literary party games look like SO MUCH FUN – I almost wish I hadn’t clicked through on the link, because now I’m feeling an URGENT need to get all my bookish friends together to give them a go, and it’s such a busy time of year for all of us… gahhh! What a wonderful problem to have 😉❤️

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